Armyworms are a serious threat to lawns in Texas. These pests are the larvae of moths with sleek bodies that can be distinguished by the yellow or white lines down their backs. Armyworms feed on grass blades and move in large numbers, which is why they can cause extensive lawn damage in a short amount of time. They are most active in the late summer to fall when the hundreds of eggs that the female armyworms laid earlier in the season hatch and the larvae start to feed. If you notice signs of an armyworm infestation on your lawn, contact professionals immediately. They can determine if it is infested by armyworms and administer effective curative treatments to eliminate them from your turf.
What are armyworms, and what damage can they cause to your lawn?
Armyworms are the larvae of moths. These destructive pests have small bodies spanning only about 1 1/2 inches long. Their sleek bodies are smooth and can be tan, green, or almost black with yellow or white lines on their backs.
Despite their small size, armyworms can cause extensive lawn damage because of their appetite. They feed on blades of grass, and they can cause extensive damage to your turf in a quick amount of time if a large amount of them go marching through your turf. Armyworm damage appears as patches of brown grass that look ragged upon close inspection. If your lawn is already in distress due to drought, it is more vulnerable to armyworm damage!